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CLUB OF Strathfield INC.
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The Rotary Club of Strathfield
was chartered on Monday 19 April 1971 at a ceremony held at Macquarie
University. The Club had been sponsored by the Rotary Club of
Burwood in the Rotary International District of 268, to become
later known as 9268. Until 2013 it remained in this District but
in 2014 a redistribution by RI renamed the District 9675. The
Charter was presented by the late District Governor Harry Picket,
who with his late wife, Lillian remained staunch supporters of
the Club till their passing.
The Club commenced with twenty four members under the Presidency
of Bill Boyce, whose classification at the time was Building Construction.
Peter Foss, classification Education-Primary Schools remains the
sole living Charter member of the Strathfield Club to this day.
The Club to-day has a membership of forty nine members led by
President Suzanne Freund, whose association with Rotary commenced
as a member of the Blacktown Club. Her long time association with
our inaugural Music Festival Co-ordinator and Master of Ceremonies,
Mr Pat Drummond, a one time student of the Australian Catholic
University, has forged the link which has introduced the "Horizon"
concept to this local musical Event for the diverse present day
Strathfield Rotary Club cherishes its long association with Strathfield
Council over the intervening period, especially as three of our
members have been Strathfield Mayors including Bill Boyce, Clarrie
Edwards and Eve Dutton. Bill Boyce had been associated with Strathfield
Council for twenty four years. Another three members, George Hallworth,
Peter Smith and Ray Wilson OAM have all been Strathfield Councillors.
Bill Boyce was six times Mayor and three times Deputy Mayor. Approximately
four thousand dollars was raised in the first year (1971) of the
Club with distributions being made to the Western Suburbs District
Hospital Intensive Care Unit, Mission to Seamen, Disaster Fund
for Famine Areas in New Guinea, the National Heart Foundation,
Lifeline and Citizenship Awards for District Schools. Modern day
President, Suzanne is a trainer for Lifeline and we have continued
the process of awarding Annual Citizenship Awards to the Public
and Independent Schools in our area.
In 1980 a five foot long metal time capsule was placed in a secure
well marked area of the Strathfield Plaza concourse with a Rotary
Wheel emblem to coincide with the opening of the Plaza. Envelopes
were sold for two dollars and five dollars, into which contributors
could place memorabilia for sighting in the year 2000. This unearthing
took place, though much of the contents of the capsule remain
to this day, and until the Plaza management, in the not too distant
future arrange for the area to be renovated. For many years this
area was the location of the Rotary Christmas Stocking Guessing
Competition, as a lead up to the Festive Season. Since 1988 the
Club has had an ongoing relationship with Strathfield Council
through its presence at the annual December "Carols
in the Park". This presence has always featured the Rotary
BBQ Trailer for the serving of our special recipe Sausage Sandwiches-with
or without onion. For a shorter time the same BBQ presence could
be found at the Council Australia Day Citizenship Presentation.
Strathfield Rotary Club has supported the nomination of four past
District Governors from its ranks over the intervening forty three
years, including Bob Taylor, Paul Sarks, David Croft and Harley
Tarrant. Each has left his imprimatur on membership with Harley
in particular being responsible for the formation of the recently
formed Breakfast Point Rotary Club. He was for many years the
Administrative Head of the Parramatta office of Rotary International
for the Asia and Pacific Region.
PP Roger Vince has been a faithful and unobtrusive leader of the
Meriden College, Strathfield Interact Club which has many positive
outcomes of community endeavours to its name. It raises substantial
amount of funds and recently supported the educational programs
of a Girls' School in Thailand. More recently President Elect
Allan Teale has been responsible for the formation of an Interact
Club at Homebush Boys' High School. President Elect Teale has
been supported in this venture by Rotarians Smith and Vatalis
for the development of a Breakfast Club for boys at this school.
The Bendigo Bank has been responsible for financially supporting
this much needed project. Students from Strathfield Girls' High
School present an informative and analytical approach to the books
recommended by the Childrens' Book Council each year to an audience
of Rotarians and their parents at a Club Meeting each May.
During the same month the Club joins with the Strathfield Council
in presenting Youth Achievement Awards for participants in the
categories of Girls and Boys' Sport, Public Speaking and Environmental
Studies. These two programs display the diversity of culture,
personal interests and skills of the participants with a variety
that is outstandingly impressive and strongly supported by the
friends of our Club. Chalmers Road Special School students have
been the recipients of our fund raising endeavours as we have
supported the daily usage of their school bus, used for transporting
students to and from school or while visiting excursions sites.
The Club International Director was responsible recently for holding
a Korean Theme Event as part of a weekly Club Meeting. It involved
members and invited Korean guests in a food tasting of Korean
food, and experience of native costumed dancers and the viewing
of a film alerting the very well attended audience to the nature
of this culture.
Most recently we have co-operated with the Strathfield Council
in introducing the resource of the Graffiti Trailer through State
Government Funding and the Dulux Paint Company. A willing band
of members and some members of the local Volunteers' Network spend
a Sunday morning removing unwanted tags from local public and
in some cases private dwellings and structure.
Beyond our local community we contribute funds and support to
the Ranfurly Library Service, the Rotary Foundation Centurion
Program, Shelterbox; and Rotarians against Malaria. Over the years
financial support has been extended to the Homebush/Strathfield
Meals on Wheels Management Committee and the local Mens' Shed
Management. We have accommodated as many participants as our budget
permits for RI programs such as RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership
Award); RYPEN (Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment);RYDA (Rotary
Youth Driver Awareness) and NYSF (National Youth Science Forum)
and are always amazed at the presentations that the returning
Secondary School students present to Club members at a weekly
This record of outcomes mounted by the Strathfield Rotary Club,
in many ways enabled by the Strathfield Council and for the upcoming
Musical Event, that is known as the "Horizon", with
the active support and encouragement of the executive staff of
the Australian Catholic University we are delighted to be able
to mount this planned inaugural event of local musical and creative
entertainment for a worthy community.
May we all experience in some way, for music does move in people
in varying ways, a horizon of appreciating as an adult a different
music genre to our usual first choice, and for the younger generation
a horizon that looks beyond the here and now and anticipate a
means of improving the life and circumstance of others.
Rotary Club of Galston 2006/2007
PRESIDENT: Suzanne Freund
Music Festival Chairman:
Immediate Past President: Ray
Drummond, Allan Pettersen, Rod McDougal;
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